Security Hygiene is an assessment of how well you are managing your network security. Do you know what activities your employees are doing on a daily basis that may compromise the security of your business?
Poor security hygiene can lead to an increase in phishing and cyber attacks, as companies with poor hygiene are considered “low hanging fruit” by attackers. Cyber attacks often succeed through something as simple as weak passwords or lack of software updates. Financial implications, damaged reputation, and client loss are just a few things that can result from a cyber attack on your business.
Most exploits occur when employees let cyber criminals access company information unknowingly. The security industry calls this the Unintentional Insider Threat problem (more here).
Examples of employee behavior that could expose your network include:
In the latest 451 Research study User Behavior (14%) is the leading internal IT security pain point.
NetWatcher sends users a weekly email detailing the security posture of the network. The email provides you with a network score (out of 100, normalized over the number of assets on the network), and how many violations have resulted in open alarms, of various priorities, over the last two weeks.
NetWatcher also provides widgets that show the number of users running risky software or vulnerable software.
Monitor what’s getting through your firewall by following countries that have triggered anomalous events once they made it through a company firewall.
Set “Trip Wires” to send you an SMS message if an event causing security concerns occurs. For example, here is a SMS trip wire set for any event from China, Iran or Russia.
Monitor any “Scanning” that is making it through your firewall. Learn more about scanning here.
It’s important to deal with security hygiene issues as they arise by:
Some other questions to ask yourself are:
Check out the NetWatcher Scorecard to find out the status of your company’s Network Hygiene and what areas need improvement.